Calling All Writers: Come Write For Mountain West Wire!

Are you a writer with a passion for Mountain West Conference athletics? If so, Mountain West Wire is looking for you.

Calling All Writers: Come Write For Mountain West Wire!


Are you a writer with a passion for Mountain West Conference athletics? If so, we’re looking for you.


Contact/Follow @MattK_FS & @MWCwire

We could use your help.

Hello everyone! Since we started this venture back in 2017, we here at Mountain West Wire have striven to provide the absolute best coverage of Mountain West athletics you’ll find anywhere. Thankfully, our readers have made it all worthwhile, by letting us know what they want while following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Now, we’re looking to get better and we need you to do it.

Mountain West Wire needs more writers to provide coverage of certain teams so, if you’re interested in joining our ranks, please send a cover letter stating your particular interest and prior writing experience, as well as a writing sample of 300 to 500 words, to mattkenerly333@gmail.com and JeremyMauss@gmail.com. Aspiring journalists and writers of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

This position has a little bit of money involved which is based on page views. Think of it like a few extra bucks for lunch or drinks, keeping in mind that the more you’d like to get involved, the more views you could generate for your work.

In the past, a few of our writers have gone on to bigger and better things with newspapers, radio stations, digital platforms, and other publications. If you want to use this opportunity to brush up on your writing skills and get noticed, we can provide that. If you want to have some fun scratching an itch for your fandom, this is an outlet for that, too.

Our work has been featured on ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo!, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, Rotoworld, and other major publications.

Here are the positions we’d like to fill:

College Football

The gridiron is our bread and butter, so even though the 2020 season is still very much in the air, you can still come write about the season that never truly ends.

Our current priorities are finding writers to cover HawaiiSan Jose StateUNLV, and Wyoming. However, if you have an interest in any teams not mentioned here, we’re also open to that because more coverage is always better.

College Basketball

Hoops season is year-round, as well, so help us cover the unpredictable race to the top.

We’re especially interested in finding writers to cover Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UNLV, and Wyoming. As with football, though, if you don’t see a team mentioned here, don’t let that keep you from reaching out.

Recruiting

We don’t typically dive too deeply into recruiting but, if that’s your thing, it would provide some content to which we don’t usually attend. Football and basketball are the go-to sports in this area.

Pro Sports

Obviously, there are a lot of pros who got their start in the Mountain West, so if you want to give updates on MLB, NFL, NBA or other pros from the league, that would be a different angle we like to cover.

We also want to cover the various pro drafts throughout the year, so if you’re a film junkie, most interested in examining how the conference’s best will make the jump, we’d be happy to have that.

Miscellaneous

Want to cover Olympic sports within the Mountain West? Now’s your chance.

This includes things like Mountain West baseball and softball, women’s basketball, soccer, track and field or any of the conference’s varsity other sports. Whether you want to focus on one team or the whole conference, let us know!

Additionally, e-sports has been a recent addition to the conference, too. Not many people write about collegiate e-sports at the moment, so this could be a chance to find a niche and provide some exposure to those in the Mountain West who are participating.

Finally, we could also use someone with an interest in creating short videos to embed in each post so, if that’s your field of expertise, you can contact us about that.

School/topic not listed? If your interest isn’t mentioned above, we still want to hear from you. It takes a team to provide the peak of Mountain West Conference coverage, so join us today!

Mountain West Conference Suspends Spring Athletic Events Indefinitely

The coronavirus’s impact on the American sports landscape finally reaches the Mountain West.

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Mountain West Conference Suspends Spring Athletic Events Indefinitely


The coronavirus’s impact on the American sports landscape finally reaches the Mountain West.


Contact/Follow @MattK_FS & @MWCwire

The conference moves quickly to stay safe.

Yesterday, the coronavirus made its biggest mark on American pop culture to date, touching everything from Tom Hanks to the NBA. Today, the Mountain West Conference made a move to be proactive that reflects many of the decisions being made elsewhere on the sports landscape.

As of today, all MWC sporting events have been postponed. In a press release put out by associate commissioner Javan Hedlund, exceptions will be made for those teams who are currently on the road, but it touches a number of sports like baseball and softball.

This decision by the conference also exempts teams who have qualified for an NCAA championship like Utah State and San Diego State men’s basketball or Boise State women’s basketball. However, other projected top seeds like Duke have preemptively tapped the brakes on participating in the men’s tourney, putting an on-time presentation in doubt:

The statement also leaves the status of Mountain West football’s spring games and recruiting processes at the discretion of each university. Some programs like Fresno State have not announced a formal response to COVID-19, but others like New Mexico have taken steps to close practices and Pro Day to the public at present, presumably with an eye on periodic reassessment before the spring game on April 4:

We will keep you updated on any further coronavirus-related developments.

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Mountain West Basketball Transfer Game: Where Are They Now?

Where did some of your favorite players end up? In short the AAC, AEC, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten, Big West C-USA, Division 2 & 3, Horizon, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, MVC, NAIA, NJCAA, PAC-12, RMAC, SEC, Southland, Summit, SWAC, WAC Contact/Follow …

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Where did some of your favorite players end up? 


In short the AAC, AEC, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten, Big West C-USA, Division 2 & 3, Horizon, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, MVC, NAIA, NJCAA, PAC-12, RMAC, SEC, Southland, Summit, SWAC, WAC 


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What are past Mountain West Players up to this season?

College basketball’s allure comes with its many different facets and components. Things like recruiting, geographic rivalries and a tournament that produces Cinderella-like stories for underdog schools in the nooks and crannies of this great country, it’s all so great.

But there are also some things we would consider changing if left up to us, like maybe an expanded tournament field (maybe), better metrics for grading tournament teams, hardship waivers have been an issue and NCAA rulings when it comes to eligibility. Sometimes you take what you can get, but an aspect of college basketball that always comes with mixed emotions is the transferring of players. This is something that can go either way for fans as we get excited when our teams bring guys in but wish others would have stayed (for the most part).

Now guys transfer for a multitude of reasons and fans should never hold grudges against 18-24-year-old individuals who at the end of the day have the right to look for the best opportunity for themselves. Some guys get buried on the bench by increased depth, move to be closer to home or find opportunities at larger institutions where they can play against a higher level of talent on television on a weekly basis. It’s okay, and remember these things happen.

There are also coaching changes that occur in every conference across the country, which bring a level of turnover inside a program that can only be matched by corporate takeovers. Never the less if you are like me and glance at box scores, check-in on the occasional American East game, notice offers to familiar names on JUCO sites or find yourself genuinely curious asking yourself questions like, “what happened to that guy?” or “I wonder how he is doing?”, then this list is for you.

There are other former Mountain West players out their with college eligibility but this list aims at finding the guys with a nice internet trail and letting you know how they’re doing on their new team.

Things to note:

  • There may be a few transfers out there sitting out the 2019-2020 season due to transfer rules. These guys won’t be reflected here, that’s a topic for another day.
  • If a player still has college eligibility but maybe stopped playing college basketball all together or their trail ran cold, they aren’t listed below.
  • If a player is still playing but was dismissed from a team and didn’t transfer, they were also left off of this list.
  • Lastly you won’t see guys who left teams to turn pro with college eligibility still remaining either.

Now let’s get to it.